MNPS receives final Metro audit addressing district purchasing policies
The Metropolitan Nashville Office of Internal Audit released its report addressing questions about the district’s compliance or non-compliance with particular purchasing policies, federal regulations, and state law, within the context of the allegations that were made. Of the 18 allegations made against MNPS, 16 were unsubstantiated, and the two which were substantiated were clearly explained.
For instance, auditors examined claims that the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education approved a summary of contracts with Performance Matters, an educational platform used in several districts across the country. It is designed to support student assessment and professional development. The audit acknowledged the contract was approved for $1.1 million, but the actual contracts filed with the Metro Clerk’s office indicated $1.8 million between the two contracts. While the finding was substantiated, auditors explained this error does NOT appear to have been intentional. In fact, the $698,653 amount paid to Performance Matters for services between December 2016 and June 2018 was less than the $1.1 million approved by the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education.
“We’ve been working really hard to do right by the children, and the audit found what we knew all along – that we were doing just that," said MNPS Director of Schools Shawn Joseph. “On the issues in question, this audit confirms it. Of course, we can always do better, and we’re continuously striving to improve."